Curriculum Information

Life experience is at the heart of our curriculum. When children see a purpose to their education they will learn far more quickly. At Osborne Primary School the curriculum has been designed to be relevant to real life contexts in order to boost pupils’ self-confidence and career aspirations. 

Our curriculum forms the basis for our pupils’ learning and their experiences during their time at Osborne Primary. Our curriculum goes beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum and encompasses creative, cultural and real life opportunities. 

Our curriculum ensures that every child develops the key learning steps progressively and will receive experiences and opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in different ways. 


We ensure that learning at Osborne broadens the values and opportunities for every child as they grow and develop. Osborne offers a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. The curriculum also actively promotes British Values so that pupils experience: 

· Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process. 

· Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England. 

· Support for equality of opportunity for all. 

· Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law. 

· Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs. 


In experiencing our curriculum all pupils are given opportunities to: 

· develop their skills in English, Maths and Science; 

· develop their knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, the environment, different religions and cultures, a foreign language, technology, computing, music and the creative arts; 

· participate in sport and physical activity; 

· engage in high quality PSHE using the PATHS programme; 

· make links with SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) and RE via the use of the Birmingham LEA Syllabus and Chris Quigley Essentials Skills; 

· develop positive character traits via the school values including respect, fairness, self-control, forgiveness, courage and persistence.


Phonics:  In Phonics we use Letter and Sounds from Phases 1 to 5.  This is broken  down further using Phonics Play for game activities and further planning.  When the child has completed the 5th phase then they begin Read Write Inc.  Read, Write Inc cards are used to develop handwriting in Reception.


Reading:  We use the ORT Reading Scheme from stages 1 to 9 and Project X books.  After Stage 9 of the ORT, children progress onto the Longman Scheme and real books.  Reading is also encouraged through cross curricular activities and for enjoyment.  Children are encouraged to access Reading Corners at regular intervals during the week.


Maths: We are guided by the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of work and use a "concrete, pictorial, abstract" approach to teaching Maths ideas. This means we like to give children hands on experiences of Maths in the real world using equipment which helps to develop a deeper understanding and a broader mathematical vocabulary before they move onto more pen and paper based work.